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« Reply #160 on: Aug 14th, 2006, 7:48pm »
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with each new car, i've wanted to do something different to create a unique look.  in the past, i noticed a ragged line where the roof meets the peak of the caboose.  most people wouldn't notice (can't get down to it to see it), but it's there on most every car built.  beginning with the bobber caboose, i've decided to address the problem the same way that the original builders did...with finishing trim.  here's a better picture of how it looks.
 
enjoy,
 
moose the caboose


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« Reply #161 on: Aug 21st, 2006, 9:18pm »
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hi all,
 
work proceeds a pace on the bobber caboose.  last time, i was working on the under-roof trim.  here's a photo of how it turned out.
 
enjoy,
 
moose the caboose


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« Reply #162 on: Aug 21st, 2006, 9:24pm »
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hi all,
 
with the under-roof trim done, i've starting working on the cupola trim.  here's a photo of how the cupola-meets-roof turned out.  you can also see the layout marking for where the smoke-jack will go.  more on that later.
 
enjoy,
 
moose the caboose


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« Reply #163 on: Aug 21st, 2006, 9:35pm »
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hi all,
 
as each new car is built, i try to do something new.  on this caboose, i'm adding a suspended catwalk under the ledges of the cupola windows.  i'm not finished with this one yet, so....
 
enjoy,
 
moose the caboose


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« Reply #164 on: Aug 21st, 2006, 9:39pm »
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here's another view of the catwalk.
 
enjoy,
 
moose the caboose


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« Reply #165 on: Aug 22nd, 2006, 7:13am »
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George,
I have a friend, a retired Chessie conductor, to whom I posed this question,"Given our road's fixation on felines,what with Chessie and Peake and all the kittens, would it be appropriate to refer to the caboose as the "cat house"?"
 
He looked at me, for a moment and an easy smile slid across his face, "They have, on occasion, been so employed....."  
 
Looking real good, George. What sort of mechanical fastener are you using on those cat walk brackets?


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« Reply #166 on: Aug 22nd, 2006, 9:56pm »
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hi pockets and group!
 
yep, that's one of the usual 'unspoken' names and uses of a crummy.  
 
in the few examples of the catwalks that i've seen, they are usually bolted through the cupola and/or lagged to the roof.  the ones on alex's caboose are currently glued in place, but will soon be drilled and 'bolted'.
 
i think he will like what i've done, no one else will have exactly the same caboose.   that's the point and the fun of building your own equipment, eh, pockets!
 
speaking of that, here's a picture of the interior of the seaboard crew car i want to build for myself...what do yo think?!  this car is on display at the southeastern railway museum in duluth, georgia.  if you get any where near their area (northeastern atlanta), stop in and say 'hello'!  they're good people to know!
 
more pictures of alex's bobber caboose tomorrow night.  if you haven't considered making some sawdust of your own...why not?
 
enjoy,
 
moose the caboose
 
 
on Aug 22nd, 2006, 7:13am, pockets wrote:       (Click here for original message)
George,
I have a friend, a retired Chessie conductor, to whom I posed this question,"Given our road's fixation on felines,what with Chessie and Peake and all the kittens, would it be appropriate to refer to the caboose as the "cat house"?"
 
He looked at me, for a moment and an easy smile slid across his face, "They have, on occasion, been so employed....."  
 
Looking real good, George. What sort of mechanical fastener are you using on those cat walk brackets?



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« Reply #167 on: Aug 23rd, 2006, 8:50pm »
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hi all!
 
you saw how the catwalk was being built, here's a photo of how it looks now.
 
enjoy,
 
moose the caboose
 
 


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« Reply #168 on: Aug 23rd, 2006, 8:57pm »
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hi all!
 
here's a photo of the other side going together.  a note if you're going to glue it together like i do...strong bonds come from bound materials, er, keep it clamped!
 
enjoy,
 
moose the caboose
 
 
 


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« Reply #169 on: Aug 23rd, 2006, 9:03pm »
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hi all!
 
one new project for tonight.  i'm started some of the roof details.  here's a photo of what i was able to do while the last catwalk was setting up.
 
enjoy,
 
moose the caboose
 
 
 
 


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« Reply #170 on: Aug 23rd, 2006, 9:24pm »
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Like they say in the wooden boat crowd, "He who dies with the most clamps, wins!  
 
Someday, when you're old enough, I'll show you how to make those supports out of angle.....
 
Lookin' good, Hoss,
Greg B.
 
PS: Look at the top of this post. What, in the poured babbit bearings of Beelzibub, is a Moose the Ca?


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« Reply #171 on: Aug 24th, 2006, 9:41pm »
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yeh, yeh, yeh, ya keep threatening me with that line and you only tried to teach me a thousand times!  as to moose-the-ca, that's one of the eccentricities of railfan.net, too many characters in the title-subject i guess.
 
as i was waiting for the glue to dry, i tried my hand at making a lantern for alex's bobber caboose (opps, i almost typed it the 'other' way).  here's a photo of the result.
 
enjoy,  
 
moose the caboose
 
 
 
on Aug 23rd, 2006, 9:24pm, pockets wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Like they say in the wooden boat crowd, "He who dies with the most clamps, wins!  
 
Someday, when you're old enough, I'll show you how to make those supports out of angle.....
 
Lookin' good, Hoss,
Greg B.
 
PS: Look at the top of this post. What, in the poured babbit bearings of Beelzibub, is a Moose the Ca?



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« Reply #172 on: Aug 24th, 2006, 9:48pm »
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the real question is can i file/sand it square without breaking it, then can i do it twice!   guess we will have to see tomorrow night!  til' then, here's another view of it.
 
enjoy,  
 
moose the caboose
 
 
 


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« Reply #173 on: Aug 25th, 2006, 7:35am »
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Not a bad shape to the bug attractor. Go steal a few of the wife's emory boards and use them like files. Better yet, hit a Walgreen's and pick up a couple of those diamond or carbide or whatever , impregnated (can I say that here?) fingernail files. You'll wonder how you ever got along without them.
 
Greg B.


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« Reply #174 on: Aug 25th, 2006, 9:21am »
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   W-O-W !!!  What great pictures. That interior is something else ! As useual, very, very nice work, George.
 
 
   Take care,
 
   Bruce
 
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If you keep posting nice pics like this, I'm going to have to break down and buy a regular, new style, digital camera. Ha,ha,ha.


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« Reply #175 on: Aug 25th, 2006, 9:40pm »
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hi bruce, greg, and group,
 
thanks for the encouragemet!  evening storms kept me out of the shop for awhile tonight, so no pictures until tomorrow.  worked on additional roof ramps tonight, will have it ready for paint, shortly!
 
til' then,
 
moose the caboose
 
 
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   W-O-W !!!  What great pictures. That interior is something else ! As useual, very, very nice work, George.
 
 
   Take care,
 
   Bruce
 
  ps
If you keep posting nice pics like this, I'm going to have to break down and buy a regular, new style, digital camera. Ha,ha,ha.



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« Reply #176 on: Aug 25th, 2006, 10:21pm »
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Man, I've been hearin' me some lame excuses, but bad weather keepi' you OUT of the workshop!?  
 
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« Reply #177 on: Aug 26th, 2006, 8:22pm »
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lame excuses, eh?!
 
been up in a bucket truck too long to play with lightning any more.  i've been tingled twice...don't care to do it again, haha!  the closer you get to lakeland, the more lightning strikes you get (lakeland is a the lightning capitol of florida).  when lightning is around, i'm not going to be on the computer or in the shop!
 
here's some photos of what i've been doing.  the roof supports have been set and glued in.  the 5/8th inch brads are acting like clamps.  the hole for the smoke-jack has also been bored through.  i don't like using high speed drills for this job because of the damage possible from being too impatient and spinning too fast.  this is an auger job, i use a brace-n-bit...slow, steady and controllable.
 
enjoy,
 
moose the caboose


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« Reply #178 on: Aug 26th, 2006, 8:31pm »
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here's how the caboose looks so far.  not bad, just got to get back and finish the 'b' end of the cupola.  what's left on the to-do list?  the two main items are doors and steps, once the body is painted, then it will be time to install the roof catwalks and for the wire-work to begin.
 
enjoy,
 
moose the caboose


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« Reply #179 on: Aug 26th, 2006, 8:36pm »
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i also bored the endsills for the wire-work to come.  easier to do off the model than on it!
 
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moose the caboose


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